San Francisco Fellows Bios
Global Justice Fellowship 2013/2014 San Francisco Fellows
The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is a selective, year-long program designed to inspire, educate and train key opinion leaders in the American Jewish community to become advocates in support of U.S. policies that will help improve the lives of people in the developing world. The San Francisco fellowship includes a 10-day trip to Uganda, during which participants learn from grassroots activists working to overcome poverty and injustice. The trip will be preceded and followed by innovative trainings in San Francisco that will prepare participants to mobilize and organize their communities and networks to advance AJWS’s campaigns and other efforts for global justice.
AJWS is excited for the third Global Justice Fellowship program in the diverse and vibrant community of San Francisco. The 15 San Francisco Global Justice Fellows range from ages 25 to 67 and include scholars, Jewish communal professionals, nonprofit leaders and entertainment professionals. Hailing from across greater San Francisco, this group represents a broad array of backgrounds, communities, professional experiences and networks. The fellowship year began in October of 2013.
A native to the Bay Area, Charley Brodsky-Brooks currently teaches world history and English at Leadership High School in San Francisco. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College in 2009, she worked for a community organizing group, Industrial Areas Foundation, and at Citizen Schools, a youth empowerment program. She later received a master’s in urban education and social justice from the University of San Francisco. In addition to teaching urban youth in the Bay Area, Charley has worked at Camp Tawonga for 7 summers since 2006, in roles ranging from lifeguard to counselor to supervisor. Charley credits Camp Tawonga with shaping much of her religious and social development and her identity as a modern Jewish woman.
A Bay Area native, Liora Brosbe is a full-time, bilingual (Spanish/English) clinician at Family Paths, Inc., providing individual and family therapy to clients throughout Alameda County. She is also a formally trained maggidah, a Jewish storyteller and teacher, performing throughout the Bay Area at Jewish community centers, synagogues, schools and community events. Liora also coordinates Shabbat B’Yachad, Congregation Netivot Shalom’s semimonthly Shabbat morning services for families with young children. She considers herself a passionate ally against social injustice and oppression on the local and global scale. Liora lives with her family in the East Bay.
Sonia Deccarett was born and raised in Colombia by a Palestinian Christian father and Jewish mother. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and she completed graduate work at Columbia University before joining an international pubic relations firm in New York. She started her own communications practice after moving to San Francisco, working for corporate clients such as Gap Inc. For the past few years, Sonia served as director of communications at Brandeis Hillel Day School. She has three children, who have inspired her to contribute to the development of the early childhood education program at Congregation Beth Sholom and to work on Spanish-language literacy issues.
Lauren Greenberg grew up a progressive, working class Jewish girl in an ultra-conservative, affluent and fundamentalist Christian suburb of Sacramento. The experience she had as an outsider in her hometown led her to view the Jewish community as a place where people understood that their liberation was “bound up” in the liberation of others. Lauren went on to major in community studies at University of California Santa Cruz, with the goal of creating systemic change as a scholar-activist. She studied drug policy, the prison system and the criminalization of youth of color. Lauren went on to do outreach and organizing work with teenagers on behalf of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She now coordinates student clubs at public high schools,including a peer-led LGBT teen group, and she has created a service learning trip to New Orleans.
Ellen Greenblatt loves to read and learn, and teaching has been the way to make her passion her life’s work. After earning degrees in literature from Cornell and Yale, she has taught in the Bay Area, New York and Spain and has presented workshops for teachers of writing and literature all over the world. An interest that has informed her life and work is learning and teaching about the long-term devastation that war brings, not only to the land and to combatants, but also to bystanders, their children and their grandchildren. She designed and taught a course called “Vietnam: Changing Perspectives,” drawing upon American, Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American voices. Ellen currently lives in Berkeley; her two grown sons live in New York and Santa Rosa.
Elizabeth Hausman was born in Connecticut. Upon graduating from Brown University in 1981, she was the first woman to be hired in the Commodities Trading training program for Drexel Burnham in New York. She received a Master of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance in 1985. After relocating to San Francisco, Elizabeth worked at Charles Schwab in marketing, advertising and event planning, then took time off to raise her two sons while remaining involved with board work and the Jewish Community Federation. Elizabeth currently works as director of marketing and event planning for Huckleberry Youth Programs. She has been a board member of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center for 10 years and is a court-appointed special advocate for a foster child.
Daniel Kaufman is passionate about using philanthropy and social media as tools to support social justice movements around the world. He currently serves as development and communications officer for Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, a global fund that protects and supports women’s rights defenders worldwide. He previously served as in development roles with Women’s Link Worldwide, a gender rights organization based in Spain and Colombia, and WINGS, a sexual and reproductive health organization based in Guatemala. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Erin Mooallem cannot remember a time in her life when she was not philanthropically involved in the Jewish community. Raised in Norfolk, Virginia by parents who work as communal Jewish activists, Erin went on to pursue a psychology degree from George Washington University. Living in Washington, D.C. during an election year provided life-changing opportunities for activism, and her experience during this time led her to New York City, where she earned a master’s degree in clinical social work. After working in professional event planning, she relocated to Hillsborough two years ago with her husband and three children. She is currently a volunteer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, working with children and families. She is also a Parent-Teacher Association volunteer and an AJWS Action Team member.
Leah Price is an immigration attorney and immigrants’ rights activist in her hometown of San Francisco. Her area of specialty is asylum and refugee law. She has been fortunate to work with refugees from around the world as they seek protection from persecution here in the Bay Area. She is particularly interested in LGBT asylum, and Leah has served clients fleeing persecution and violence based on their sexual orientation. She also works with the San Francisco Immigrants’ Rights Defense Committee, which aims to protect immigrants’ rights, promoting fair and just local ordinances and statewide legislation to protect due process for immigrants and for all Californians.
Amy Randel is an AJWS Volunteer Summer alumna with a passion for social justice work. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she earned bachelor’s degree in political science and minor in Judaic studies from Portland State University. Since travelling to India with AJWS in 2009, Amy has held a variety of positions, including working on political campaigns, as an aide in the Oregon Legislature and as an American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Jewish Service Corps fellow in Kiev, Ukraine. She currently resides in San Francisco, where she works as an account executive at Yelp. In her off hours, she is earning her paralegal certification from San Francisco State University and traveling internationally.
Ruthann Richter was born in Washington, D.C. to Conservative Jewish parents who taught her to look beyond herself to the needs of others. Her older sister, who was severely handicapped, taught Ruthann the importance of compassion for the most vulnerable individuals. Ruthann graduated from Wesleyan University, then worked on Capitol Hill as a writer for a Congressional publication. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford in 1979 and worked for 12 years for the daily Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto before joining University of California, San Francisco, where her writing focused on AIDS research. In 2004, she made the first of three trips to Kenya, ultimately writing an award-winning book, “Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa.” Her Africa journeys launched her into the world of global justice advocacy. She hopes to expand her advocacy efforts through the AJWS fellowship. She serves as Media Relations Director at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she writes about medical issues and works with media from around the world.
Sharon Rose has worked on various community-based health education, research and advocacy programs in California and around the world. She is currently working on three concurrent projects in the Bay Area: school health centers in Oakland; trauma-informed community building in Potrero Hill public housing; and training Latina community health workers on children’s oral health in the Mission neighborhood. As an AJWS World Partners Fellow in India, Sharon helped to launch a new program to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights for youth in rural villages. As an intern in Senegal, Sharon supported education and advocacy training for communities organizing to stop the practice of female genital cutting. To strengthen her ability to work with diverse communities, she has learned Spanish, French, Wolof and Hindi. Originally from Teaneck, New Jersey, Sharon studied at Barnard College in New York City, and she currently lives in the Bay Area.
Suzanne Rose is an educator and advocate who lives in Berkeley, California. She spent 10 years leading and organizing international educational and service-learning adventures, helping Jewish teens learn about the environmental issues facing our world, how those issues affect the lives of indigenous people and what people can do to reduce their environmental footprint. Currently, she is working as a consumer advocate for the California Public Utilities Commission. Suzie tries hard to practice what she preaches, growing much of her food in her backyard and bicycling as her primary mode of transportation. She has organized educational adventures to a variety of countries, including Costa Rica, Belize and Thailand, and is consistently trying to improve her Spanish-speaking skills.
Beth Sirull is president of Pacific Community Ventures, a social enterprise dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunities in low-income communities. Beth joined PCV in 2005 to launch InSight, PCV’s social impact assessment and public policy program. Under her leadership, PCV’s policy work has been recognized nationally and internationally by the White House, the United Nations, the G8 and the World Economic Forum. Forbes Magazine named Beth one of its “30 Top Social Entrepreneurs.” In 2013, she was named to the San Francisco Business Times list of “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.” Beth was twice appointed to the California Organized Investment Network by California State Assembly Speaker John Perez. She also serves on the board of the Tzedek Economic Development Fund, a nationwide community development investment fund.
Jeffrey Tiell works as a program manager at Encore.org for the Encore Leadership Initiative and Encore Innovation Fellowship. He has a diverse background in civic engagement, urban planning, community organizing, research and public policy. Most recently, he completed a year-long Americorps VISTA assignment in the Oakland Unified School District, with a focus on communications and community engagement. Prior to his work in Oakland, Jeff was pursuing a Ph.D. in urban planning and community development at the University of Maryland. He has worked for a variety of organizations, including the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. He has participated in the Jeremiah Fellowship through the Jewish social justice organization Bend the Arc. Jeff is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Cape is a senior program officer in the experiential education department at American Jewish World Service. His primary responsibilities include developing curriculum and managing group leaders for AJWS’s Global Justice Fellowship. Prior to joining AJWS, John coordinated the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. John spent one year teaching English as a volunteer WorldTeach teacher in Costa Rica. He has also worked as an Outward Bound lead instructor for struggling adolescents and as a counselor and group challenge facilitator at Seeds of Peace. John earned his B.A. in Government and Religious Studies from Cornell University. He is an avid reader and enjoys biking and camping. John lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Hayley Currier is the temporary program officer for American Jewish World Service, San Francisco. She organizes the Bay Area around AJWS campaigns, and facilitates the Global Justice Fellowship both locally and abroad. Before her time as program officer, Hayley lead service learning programs for college students with AJWS. Previously she operated a worm composting farm and business, Urban Worm, and was an independent edible landscaper. Hayley graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Development Studies. She is deeply passionate about food justice and creating and living in alternative economies. She has lived and worked all over central and south America and loves speaking Spanish. She loves backpacking, biking, and growing and eating food, and lives in Berkeley, California.